Two-time World Surf League Champion Tyler Wright joins Kelley O’Hara to discuss her unbelievable journey from surf prodigy to champion to bedridden superstar. 

After becoming the youngest surfer in history to win a Championship Tour event at age 14, Wright almost walked away from her sport before becoming a back-to-back world champion. Wright talks with Kelley about her struggle in the spotlight and the tumultuous journey she went on before deciding she was ready to be a world champion. 

Wright discusses helping her brother through his recovery after a major surfing accident before jumping back on tour herself to win her first WSL championship in 2016. Fresh off of a second world championship a year later, Tyler caught a severe case of influenza A, halting her surfing career and sending her on a long, painful road to recovery. 

Tyler talks with Kelley about her incredible and unlikely comeback, going from not knowing if she would ever be healthy again to once more competing on the WSL tour. Luckily, Wright returned in 2020, winning the Maui Pro while embracing a more outspoken role as an elder surfer on tour. She talks with Kelley about how the WSL can better take care of its young surfers while also supporting a more inclusive community. 

TYLER’S RESUME (WSL World Tour Wins):

  • 2x WSL World Champion
  • 14x event winner
  • Tweed Coast Pro (2020)
  • Oi Rio Women’s Pro (2017)
  • Roxy Pro Gold Coast (2016)
  • Drug Aware Pro Margaret River (2016)
  • Oi Rio Pro (2016)
  • Swatch Women’s Pro Trestles (2016)
  • Maui Women’s Pro (2016)
  • U.S. Open of Surfing (2014)
  • Roxy Pro France (2014, 2015)
  • Roxy Pro Gold Coast (2013)
  • Colgate Plax Girls Rio Pro (2013)
  • O’Neill Women’s World Cup (2010)
  • Beachley Classic (2008)


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